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Routine Can Help People with Dementia

Caring for someone with dementia can be emotionally trying and physically exhausting.  Many people diagnosed from dementia, though, can benefit from sticking to a routine of regularly scheduled activities that can provide structure to their days.  Read the article from...
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Hyun Underwood Receives National Certification as a Chaplain

by Nathan Hokama This week, Hyun Underwood, Manager – Spiritual Care for St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, will receive her national certification as a Chaplain from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains at its national conference in Pittsburgh....
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Welcome to Our New Hospice Volunteers!

by Nathan Hokama St. Francis Healthcare System recently welcomed more volunteers to serve our hospice patients. They completed the mandatory 16 hours of training last month and are now ready to bring encouragement and cheer to others. In photo: Sallyanne Pekelo (Volunteer...
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Congratulations to the Sisters Celebrating Their Jubilee!

by Nathan Hokama The presence and involvement of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities continue to have a positive influence on St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. We are fortunate to have two jubilarians working among us: Sister William Marie Eleniki, OSF,...
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Enfleshing the Love of God to People with Alzheimer’s Disease

by Nathan Hokama It can be challenging to demonstrate the love of God to those who may not be able to reciprocate any love in return, who may think you’re a stranger to be feared, or who may even be violent and lash out against you. These are the types of patients and clients St....
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Lettuce Rejoice! HeLP’s Aquaponics Program Continues to Grow and Thrive!

by Nathan Hokama  The St. Francis Healthy Lifestyles Program (HeLP) has successfully merged food security, Hawaiian cultural preservation, and health education all into one by offering experiences in aquaponics. Aquaponics is a sustainable system of food production that combines...
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A Contagious Caring Spirit! Marieta Agustin, RN Named Our Employee of the Quarter

How we relate to our patients and their families is often a reflection of how we treat each other within St. Francis Healthcare System. When employees on the frontline who are providing direct patient care feel supported and respected, this is often transferred to those who are...
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The Right Time for Hospice Care

Many people believe that choosing hospice care for someone with a serious illness means that they are “giving up hope”.  This mistaken thinking can lead to greater financial and emotional stress for the person dealing with an illness, and his or her caregivers,...
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Lent: A Time for Fasting (and Feasting)

For Christians, Lent is a time of preparation for the Resurrection.  If fasting is part of your normal Lenten observance, you may have been thinking of giving something up for the season—coffee, chocolate, soda, and desserts seem to be popular fasting choices.  While giving up...
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Welcome New Hospice Volunteers!

by Hathan Hokama   “Golden apples in silver settings are words spoken at the proper time.” – Proverbs 25:11   Every St. Francis Hospice volunteer brings a special presence into the lives of our hospice patients. Their role is invaluable in making the final months, days and...
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